Signs of a Worsening Opioid Issue
One Town – One Opiate Addiction Problem
When you think of days gone by, when generation X participated in their traditional back to school assembly, what comes to mind? For most, there were a battery of guest speakers talking in a positive tone about the year ahead. There were talks about college to the juniors and seniors about their graduation dreams and transition into college and the working world. These speakers would sometimes be prominent people in society such as doctors, lawyers and tradesmen or today, a suboxone doctor in Middletown NJ. Then the principal and teachers would speak about the coming year and yes, they would address the public and world issues at large. The tone would be positive even in the sobering parts of their speeches–there was hope. But, today, in Middletown NJ and other small suburban towns across the nation the tone is less than positive and more sobering than ever.
In Manasquan High School it was not a suboxone doctor in Middletown NJ, but someone just as important :the acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni gave a speech at the back to school assembly. But, the talk was not that of future careers or hope. It was a cold, hard and factual discourse about the opioid addiction issue in their town and county. It was too close to home to go unaddressed. It was what some of those students may have seen or have already been affected by. When one speaks at a back to school assembly, one is speaking to the parents and not just the students. This was the prime audience to speak to. Why? Because it takes the whole community to stop the issue or prevent it from happening to them.
Core beliefs of the parents and the community
The issue stems from the core beliefs of the parents and other community residents. Those core beliefs stem from misconceptions about heroin use. There is denial and this is just as dangerous as the drug itself. He wanted to hit the ball home in stating in an open forum where people are vulnerable and able to absorb the information, that opioid addiction is not something that just happens to other people or some junky on the city streets. It’s in the home and schools.
So, what was the conclusion? Empowerment of every parent present with a closing argument. He went on to state that the kids who sought help and were successful, did so because they did not want to disappoint their parents. It is not the responsibility of attorney’s or a suboxone doctor in Middletown NJ, but that of the community of parents to open communication. And from there, hope springs eternal.